Here's a look at the Idaho films that will be screened at the fourth annual Sun Valley Film Festival March 4-8. Zions Bank will give out the Gem State Award – a $1,000 jury prize in recognition of a filmmaker whose work best reflects the beauty and diversity of Idaho. The Festival will run March 4-8.
“Girl From God’s Country” a documentary from Boise-based writer, director and producer Karen Day will make its world premiere. It documents the life and career of silent film star and filmmaker Nell Shipman. She retreated to Priest Lake in the 1920s to work outside the brutal Hollywood studio system. The film pays tribute to Shipman and other women who pioneered the film industry and explores the challenges women filmmakers continue to face today.
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“Idaho Wine: From Bud to Taste Bud,” a documentary from director Drew Allen and producer Rhea Allen, looks at Idaho’s growing wine making industry. It will make its world premiere at the festival.
“Zero Point,” a web series from filmmakers Gregory Bayne and Christian Lybrook also will receive its world premier at the festival. This sci-fi thriller about a mysterious viral infection that targets children was filmed entirely in Idaho. It’s about a young doctor who after being touched by the tragedy becomes obsessed with finding its cause.
“Add the Words” a documentary from directors: Michael D. Gough, Cammie Pavesic focuses on the fight to add the words “sexual orientation and gender identification” to the Idaho Human Rights Act.
“Gaucho del Norte,” from directors and producers Sofian Khan, Andres Caballero, tells the story of a Patagonian sheepherder recruited to work in Idaho.
“Idaho Backcountry Discovery Route,” from director Sterling Noren, provides an in-depth look into the creation and first expedition of the route that spans the state of Idaho, from Jarbidge, NV to the Canadian border.
“Dog Days of Winter,” from director Brian Gilmore and producers Caleb Young and Stanley Larsen, is a retrospective on the start up of organized freestyle skiing during the early 1970’s in America, as told from the point of view of some of the most influential pioneers of the sport. Much of the action was filmed in Idaho.
WORK IN PROGRESS
"Ann Sothern," a documentary from Idaho director and producer Mike Kaplan. Sothern is often called the most under-appreciated star of the Golden Age of Hollywood. This documentary reveals her as a brilliant comedienne, a compelling dramatic actress and a first-rate musical performer.
IDAHO SHORT FILMS:
“Jason,” from director Ron Torres is a story a man who struggles to survive within an unappreciative world while trying to keep his dreams intact. “View From a Pedel Buggy” a documentary short from director Zach Voss, is about Boisean Gregory Allen a self-described ‘more successful than usual crackpot inventor’ who designs and fabricates ‘pedal buggies’. “Warbird Pilot” from director Rob W. Scribner, is a mini documentary about the experience of flying a Warbird plane.